Mother's death prompts plea to upskill GP anaesthetists

A VICTORIAN coroner has pointed the finger at a GP anaesthetist over the death of a pregnant woman who went into cardiac arrest during a procedure at a controversial abortion clinic.

Coroner Audrey Jamieson is formally calling for stricter accreditation of GP anaesthetists and compulsory CPD following her inquest into the death of Delta Diawo Poke.

The 42-year-old mother-of-four died from global cerebral ischaemia on 18 December, 2011, four days after a late-term pregnancy termination at the Croydon Day Surgery in Melbourne's east.

The inquest was told the procedure went ahead on the

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